@andre-mosin ok... thanks for all the help... I probably will need more help though... lol I think I have all that I need now and I decided to change the route... I was trying to utilize existing plugins but I am having to make so many changes to the existing ones that I decided to start a new one from scratch that will include everything I need. I learned a lot from looking and trying to modify other plugins that I think it makes more sense to write from scratch.
I was wondering if there was any way or plugin to assign images as group badges instead? Similar to the example in this thread.